A bloody weekend highlights Camden's continuing trauma
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Last Sunday was girls' night for Aleshia Schmincke Hill, who spent the evening with her mother, grandmother, and sister in florich trading options mom's South Jersey home. A waitress who worked six days a week, Hill, 25, was looking forward florich trading options her Monday off, and around 7 p. Dawn Schmincke drove her daughter back to the East Camden home Hill shared with her fiance. Sometime over the next 18 hours, someone shot Hill and John Valerio, 23, at close range in their home, then disappeared before the bodies were found the next afternoon.
No arrests have been made, but law florich trading options sources and florich trading options close to the couple said they believed the killings were committed by someone they let into the house and who went there looking for drugs or cash. The couple had planned to move into an apartment in Pennsauken in two weeks, she said. The two shared a cramped room with Mercado's sister, and during a dispute, police said Mercado fired a bullet into his mother's stomach.
He was arrested hours later. The homicides, three of four that took place in Camden last weekend, illustrate the challenges that persist in the city of 77, many of which stem from entrenched poverty and an economy long dependent on drug sales and other crime.
Authorities acknowledge that police patrols can do little to prevent domestic violence or crimes that occur indoors, as many of Camden's do now that police have increased community patrols. The bloody weekend brought this year's number of killings to nine - up from five at this time last year.
Everything's great now, Camden is fixed, we have new police, we're getting a new waterfront. Let's face this as a sign that we have not fixed things in Camden. Pedro attended Florich trading options Wilson High School but dropped out in his sophomore year, according to the school district. He lived with Jose Mercado, 56, and his grandmother in a rowhouse on North 11th Street.
He got temporary jobs, but nothing stuck. According to Jose Mercado, Pedro showed signs of mental instability, often secluding himself in his upstairs bedroom to smoke cigarettes.
At times he lost his temper, at one point knocking down his bedroom door. In he became distraught by the death of his grandmother, whom he saw as an "angel," Jose Mercado said. Last month, she and Pedro's sister moved into his cluttered room, despite their fragile relationship.
Mercado told his mother to move out by April 1, Jose Mercado said. When the day came and she had not left, a dispute flared. Just before 5 p. When officers questioned him, he wept. No arrest has been made, and authorities declined to comment on a possible motive for the killing of Soltero, who florich trading options children and several grandchildren. Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said most of the florich trading options violent crime is not random, and stems from poverty.
The department has partnered with community mentoring groups and hosted interventions for young gang members to treat the root causes of the problems. Aleshia Schmincke Hill grew up in Mullica Florich trading options, and lived with her father until she was As a teenager she pushed boundaries and acted out, then moved in with Dawn Schmincke.
She became pregnant at 16 and dropped florich trading options of school. Hill's father and stepmother have raised her daughter, Schmincke said. Hill's father could not be reached for comment. Schmincke worried when Hill moved to Camden and florich trading options working as a server at local nightclubs, but said her daughter worked hard and seemed to get her life in order.
In she got a job at a Friendly's in Cherry Hill, where she handled at least six shifts a week. The two became inseparable, florich trading options Schmincke had concerns. Valerio was arrested on drug charges in andrecords show. Hill told her mother their home was raided by police last year, and Schmincke suspected Valerio was selling drugs. John Florich, Schmincke's fiance, said Valerio never stopped trying to prove himself after that.
He got a job at a warehouse, and spent holidays with Hill's family. Hill picked out a wedding dress and showed pictures to her coworkers. The couple prepared to move out of Camden. Hill spent last Sunday morning at Friendly's, serving breakfast from 7 a. If anything was bothering her, she did not show it, coworkers said. From there she went to her mother's house. As Schmincke drove her daughter back florich trading options Camden that night, she said Hill talked about her regret florich trading options not finishing high school.
She said she was sorry for the trouble she'd caused when she was florich trading options, Schmincke said. She florich trading options see it until the next morning.
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